The Invention of Landscape

The Invention of Landscape


«In the same way, if I am in a car and I look at the scenery through the window, I can at will focus on the scenery or on the windowpane. At one moment I grasp the presence of the glass and the distance of the landscape; at another, on the contrary, the transparence of the glass and the depth of the landscape; but the result of this alternation is constant: the glass is at once present and empty to me, and the landscape unreal and full.»

—Roland Barthes

 
 The Invention of Landscape, 2013. Mixed media with infrasound, signal generator, amplifier, waterproof speakers, water, light, large-sensor camera, live projection. Photo: B.Hagari

The Invention of Landscape, 2013. Mixed media with infrasound, signal generator, amplifier, waterproof speakers, water, light, large-sensor camera, live projection. Photo: B.Hagari


A formless pulsating landscape, characterized by an unstable horizon, is generated in real-time by the Cyclops gaze of a large-sensor camera monitoring the unheard vibrations of two infrasonic sine waves. The silent motion of the water behind the plexiglass panel, opposed to its large projection on the wall, embodies the duplicity of meaning in landscape perception: a scenography (or manifestation) of an absence, which is as full as it is unreal.

 

The Invention of Landscape, 2013. Detail. Photo: B.Hagari